Carrie Kahn

Carrie Kahn is a correspondent for NPR's National Desk based at NPR West in Culver City, CA. Kahn's reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning news programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

Kahn has frequently worked on assignment for NPR throughout Mexico, California and the West. In 2005, Kahn was part of NPR’s extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, where she investigated claims of euthanasia in New Orleans hospitals, recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast and resettlement of city residents in Houston, TX. She has covered her share of Hurricanes since, fire storms and mudslides in Southern California and the controversial life and death of pop-icon Michael Jackson. Kahn continues to cover immigration and immigrant communities throughout the country, as well as drug trafficking and border enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2008, as China hosted the world’s athletes, Kahn recorded a remembrance of her Jewish grandfather and his decision to compete in Hitler’s 1936 Olympics.

Before coming to NPR in 2004, Kahn worked for 2 1/2 years at NPR station KQED in San Francisco, first as an editor and then as a general assignment reporter with a focus on immigration reporting. From 1994 to 2001, Kahn was the border and community affairs reporter at NPR station KPBS in San Diego, where she covered immigration, cross-border issues and the city's ethnic communities.

While at KPBS, Kahn received numerous awards, including back-to-back Sol Price Awards for Responsible Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. She won the California/Nevada Associated Press award for Best News Feature, eight Golden Mike Awards from the Radio & TV News Association of Southern California and numerous prizes from the San Diego Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists of San Diego. She was also awarded three consecutive La Pluma Awards from the California Chicano News Media Association.

Prior to joining KPBS, Kahn worked for NPR station KUSP and published a bilingual community newspaper in Santa Cruz, CA.

Kahn is frequently called upon to lecture or discuss border issues and bi-national journalism. Her work has been cited for fairness and balance by the Poynter Institute of Media Studies. She was awarded and completed a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins University.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kahn received a Bachelors degree from UC Santa Cruz in Biology. For several years she was a human genetics researcher in California and in Costa Rica. She has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Central America, Europe and the Middle East, where she worked on a English/Hebrew/Arabic magazine.

Carrie lives somewhat close to the beach in Los Angeles and loves to go for runs near the shore with her husband, two girls and their cockapoo Mona.




Mon June 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Historic Floodwaters Begin To Recede In Minot, N.D.

Businesses are surrounded by floodwater as the Souris River crests as seen from the air on Sunday in Minot, North Dakota. The Souris River surpassed its 1881 record level of 1,558 feet above sea level and flooding estimated 4,000 homes in the city.
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The Souris River is slowly retreating in Minot, N.D., where the river peaked early Sunday at levels not seen in more than a century. About 4,000 homes are flooded and a quarter of the town's 40-thousand residents are displaced.

There is a constant stream of dump trucks crossing the main bridge in downtown Minot. Construction crews continue to build, fill and shore up levees aimed at keeping what's left of the town dry.

The city's records date back to the late 1800s, and they show there's never been this much water coming through town.

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Fri June 24, 2011

Spanish-Language Network Makes Daytime Emmy Bid

Actress Kate del Castillo in a publicity still for the Telemundo hit La Reina del Sur. The Spanish-language network is promoting the show for a Daytime Emmy nomination.

Nominations for this year's Primetime Emmys close Friday, and for weeks TV networks have been waging slick ad campaigns on behalf of their shows, actors and actresses. This year there's a newcomer to the Emmy campaign: Spanish-language network Telemundo, which is promoting its hit La Reina del Sur (The Queen of the South).

La Reina del Sur chronicles the life of a naive Mexican woman who falls in love with a drug lord and stumbles into becoming one of the world's most powerful traffickers.

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Thu June 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Feds Crack Down On Immigration Scam Artists

Federal authorities have launched a nationwide crack down on scam artists who prey on immigrants hoping to become U.S. citizens. Officials say the problem is growing.

Con artists promise to help illegal immigrants stay in the country legally but in the end leave, the people penniless and in more trouble with the immigration service.

Lots of friends told Guatemalan immigrant Catalina Alvarado to go see an immigration lawyer near her home in Hollywood, Calif. They told her he works magic and would get her a work permit and even a green card.

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Thu June 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Calif. Could Make The Dream Act A Reality

California could give state-funded financial aid to undocumented immigrants in college. The bill, called the California Dream Act, is working its way through the state legislature. Proponents say kids who came here illegally shouldn't be punished for their parents' decisions. Opponents say that California can't afford the benefit and that it will only lead to more illegal immigration.


Wed June 1, 2011

Obama Nominates Bryson For Commerce Secretary

John Bryson is the former chairman and chief executive of energy company Edison International. He also co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council and served on a United Nations advisory group on energy and climate change.